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Twp. Gets $210K for East Valley Brook Repairs

State grants funds to repair one-mile stretch of roadway.

The New Jersey Department of Transportation granted Washington Township $210,000 for road repairs to be conducted on East Valley Brook Road in 2012, which will help buffer the costs when sending the project out to bid.

Washington Township applied for the grant and requested $300,000, Superintendent Scott Frech said.

“Any grant money is helpful, and we asked for a lot since we’re doing such a long stretch of road,” Frech said.

Normally, road repairs are done in 3,000-foot stretches, Frech said, but the portion of roadway on East Valley Brook is 5,210 feet–just 70 feet shy of a mile.

Now that the grant has been awarded, the township will seek a contractor for the project, estimated to cost more than $500,000 total. The township will provide the remaining dollars, Frech said.

The nearly mile-long stretch, which lies between and Rt. 513, will be milled, laid with new asphalt and striped, Frech said.

Other projects Frech said the township is looking to complete in 2012 include 3,000 feet of repairs on Pleasant Grove Road; 2,500 feet of repairs on Wehrli Road; and nearly three-quarters of a mile on Fairview Avenue.

Three major road projects were completed in 2011 after the township committee approved a .

, , and were repaved and striped by Tilcon of Wharton last summer. Those roads were chosen from an ‘A’ list of five roads comprised by Frech and township engineer Leon Hall.

The ‘A’ list roads were deemed most in need of improvement. Both Fairview and East Valley Brook fell on the ‘B’ list last year. Other roads on that list include West Valley Brook and Mission.

Jennifer Simon March 28, 2012 at 04:57 PM
I read no mention of Schooley's Mountain Road and the guardrails that seem to be hanging in mid air. Shouldn't this dangerous stretch of road be a top priority...before someone drives off the edge and into the valley blow?
Jason Koestenblatt (Editor) March 28, 2012 at 06:20 PM
@Jennifer - Thanks for the comment, and I do understand your concern (every day I drive on it I wonder the same thing!). But, to clear things up, Washington Township's DPW does not make repairs on, or improvements to, Schooley's Mountain Road, nor does funding come from the municipality to do so. Since SMR is a county road, all repairs and funds come from the county. Hope this helps!
Joanne March 28, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Jennifer and Jason On at least 3 or 4 different times I have seen what I think are a couple of engineers gaping over the side of the guard rail that is ready to heave over. I hate to say that I just think they were scratching their heads, but that is what it looked like. I don't think they know what to do, but seem to be "on it" at least since I have seen them there.
Bill C March 29, 2012 at 02:27 PM
I think we know that SMR is a county road but the fact that the MOST travelled road in this town gets the worst treatment says we are last on the priority of the county. What are our elected officials doing to fix this. The bypass will never happen so why don't they fix what is there. We need to get loud about this issue
Angelo March 30, 2012 at 03:03 AM
What progress has been made on the vehicle weight regarding SMR????
KD4LV April 02, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Why don't you put up another sign to address the issue?

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